Frequently Asked Questions
Here at Schussler FootCare Centers, our goal is to not only provide patients with excellent foot care and podiatry services, but help them understand their treatment options. This page has a selection of frequently asked questions about foot health. We hope it gives you a better understanding of our practice and medical services.
What is a podiatrist?
A podiatrist is a medical specialist who provides treatments and diagnosis of ankle and foot problems. These include, but are not limited to: bunions, hammertoes, ingrown toenails, corns and calluses, ankle sprains, heel spurs/pain, neuromas, and warts. In order to become a podiatrist, you must complete undergraduate medical school training, as well as graduate school for a doctorate in podiatry. A podiatrist is required to take state and national exams, and complete licensing in the state in which they practice.
When should I call a doctor?
If you are experiencing foot or ankle problems, you may need to call a podiatrist. Please call our office if you are experiencing one or more of the following:
- There is a noticeable change to your skin or toenails.
- You are experiencing persistent pain in your ankles or feet.
- Your feet are severely cracking, peeling, or scaling.
- You have blisters on your feet.
- You have signs of a bacterial infection.
What are some of the most common fungal problems?
The most common fungal problems with feet are Athlete's foot and fungal toenails. Fungus is a common mold that thrives in warm, dark, most areas. On feet, it can grow on and between toes, as well as on toenails and soles of the feet. Different factors including environment (heat, humidity, socks and shoes) or weakened immunity can cause fungal problems.
Acute fungal infections are seen more in children, while chronic fungal infections are most common in adults.
How should I properly care for my feet?
If you have foot pain, don't ignore it, as it is not normal. If the pain is persistent, be sure to contact your podiatrist as soon as possible. Pay close attention to changes in temperature and color, and look for discoloration or thickness in your toenails. This is a sign of fungus development. Cuts or cracks in the skin may also be a sign of fungal development. If the soles of your feet are scaling or peeling it may be a sign of Athlete's Foot. Any growth on feet is not considered normal.
Make sure to wash your feet regularly, especially between the toes. Be sure to dry your feet completely.
What types of exercises should I be doing for my feet?
During exercise, your feet are one of most overlooked body parts. This is why it is important to pay attention to what your feet are telling you as you exercise.
It is a good idea to consult with your physician before you start any fitness regimen. This includes a foot exam and complete physical. For patients that are overweight, smoke, or haven't had a physical in a while, this is especially important.
Wearing the right clothes and shoes are essential for proper fitness. Make sure to wear loose-fitting, and light colored clothing during warmer weather, and several layers of warm clothing in cold weather. Finding the right pair of sneakers is also important.
What type of shoes should I wear?
Ill-fitting shoes can cause bunions, calluses, corns, hammertoes, and other disabling foot problems. A properly fitted shoe can prevent a lot of problems, both now and in the future. Durable construction is the most important quality in a good pair of shoes.
When shopping for shoes, buy them later in the day. That is when feet are at their largest. You also want shoes that conform to the shape of your foot, rather than trying to conform your foot to the shape of the shoe. Judge a show by its fit rather than its marked size. Sizes vary among brands and styles.